UNIZIK VC Prof Charles Esimone, Urges Autonomy & Endowment for University Growth

UNIZIK Vice-Chancellor urges autonomy and endowment funding to overcome bureaucratic hurdles and foster innovation.

UNIZIK VC Prof Charles Esimone, Urges Autonomy & Endowment for University Growth
UNIZIK VC Prof Charles Esimone

In a groundbreaking interview, Professor Charles Esimone, the Vice-Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), has ignited a fervent call for increased autonomy for universities, stressing the imperative need to explore endowment as an alternative funding source. 

Professor Esimone, renowned for his visionary leadership, articulated the pressing challenges faced by tertiary institutions due to bureaucratic hurdles and governmental policies. He passionately advocated for universities to be granted greater autonomy, lamenting the stifling effects of bureaucratic red tape on potential partnerships with private investors and essential infrastructure projects.

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Highlighting missed opportunities due to regulatory constraints, Professor Esimone cited instances where potential partnerships with foreign investors for projects like housing schemes and independent power plants were thwarted, signaling a critical need for reform in university governance.

Undeterred by these challenges, Professor Esimone spearheaded a revolutionary approach to funding by tapping into endowments from private individuals and corporate entities. Drawing from his experience as a pioneer dean, he emphasized the success of endowment-funded projects within UNIZIK and urged academic institutions to emulate this model.

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Under his transformative leadership, UNIZIK witnessed unprecedented growth and discipline, marked by a resolute commitment to integrity and accountability. Professor Esimone's tenure has been defined by his unwavering stance against exam misconduct, corruption, and sexual harassment, instilling a culture of discipline that will endure as his enduring legacy.

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As Professor Esimone prepares to conclude his tenure in June, he leaves behind a legacy of innovation, resilience, and unwavering dedication to excellence. His call for university autonomy and exploration of endowment funding represents a pivotal moment in the trajectory of Nigerian higher education, promising a future marked by progress and prosperity.

The torchbearer of change, Professor Esimone's vision will continue to inspire generations of scholars and leaders, ensuring that UNIZIK remains at the forefront of academic excellence and societal impact. Stay tuned for further developments on this evolving story.